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david petraeus spent his last fourth of july as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put them in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >>> holiday cleanup. strong storms rolled through our region, knocked out power, took down trees, and even caused evacuations. we'll show you the damage left behind. >> first let's take a live look outside right now. at this hour, we have 73 degrees. seems calm out there, but it is warm and humid on this july 4th. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm karen gilchrist. it is monday, the 4th of july. even yang has the day off. more than 10,000 people waking up without power. more than 10,000 dominion power customers in northern virginia out of
else in common, too. they are all military widows who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was just 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was "i love you more than life itself." >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world, i just felt like they didn't want to embrace, you know, who i was, which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, you know, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talking alone wasn't enough. soon taryn started organizing events like parasailing, surfing, even swimming with dolphins, to bring this courageous group of women together in what she called the american widow project. >> i found myself laughing and smiling for the first time. and i look around, and here's a group of extraordinary women who know the level of pai
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
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